Even if the name Chris Appleton doesn’t instantly ring a bell, you’ve certainly seen his work. As hairstylist to some of the most famous women in the world, the hunky hair guru is one of the most sought-after in showbiz, and fast becoming one of the most well known too. Social media was abuzz this week when Appleton went Insta official with new boyfriend, You actor Lukas Gage – a coupling nobody saw coming. So who exactly is Chris Appleton and how did a British dad of two end up in the Kardashian clan? Here’s what you need to know … No paparazzi allowed: the US$200 million Mustique mega mansion up for sale His A-list portfolio Anyone who follows Kim Kardashian on Instagram will already know that Appleton is the man responsible for her famous locks – and pretty much every iconic looks she’s had in recent years. Needless to say, he’s also often on hand to help out the rest of the family when they need their hair done for big events, including Khloé Kardashian and Kylie Jenner. If that’s not impressive enough, he’s also Jennifer Lopez’s go-to hairstylist, and even did her hair for her Super Bowl performance. He also continues to work with other big names including Katy Perry, Ariana Grande , Rita Ora and Dua Lipa. 6 of the most expensive jewellery sets spotted on Taylor Swift Humble beginnings With a celeb clientele like Appleton’s, you’d think he’s been working his way through the Hollywood game from the get-go. But that’s not the case. The celebrity hairstylist hails from small town Leicester in England, where he got his first hair salon job at age 13 in 1996, as per his bio. After winning Young Hairdresser of the Year in 2010 aged 27, Appleton started working in magazines, styling the hair of celebrities such as Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne, per Grazia. Not just Fenty: inside NFL Super Bowl singer Rihanna’s skincare regime Rita Ora gave him his big break He’s most famous for his work with the Kardashians and J-Lo, but it was actually Rita Ora that gave him his “big break”. Appleton moved to London in 2016 and started working with Ora, who ended up keeping him on. “I worked with her one day, and then she never let go of me; she just kept me for two years, and we travelled all over. We had a lot of fun creating short hair, long hair, pink, blue … we’d always change,” he told Grazia. Inside John Mayer’s luxurious watch ‘wonderland’ He’s an influencer loved by the luxury world Appleton also works for some of the world’s biggest fashion houses for their seasonal shows, including Fendi, Moschino, Chanel, Vivienne Westwood, Valentino, Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana and Tom Ford. His bio reveals that he is the global creative director at Color Wow and also models for IMG Models Worldwide. So it’s no surprise he’s got over three million followers on Instagram and has appeared on the cover of Gay Times, where he was interviewed by Kim Kardashian . He’s got a famous new boyfriend The 39-year-old hairstylist recently debuted his new boyfriend on Instagram – none other than You and White Lotus star Lukas Gage. Appleton and the 27-year-old actor shared photos of their holiday together in Punta de Mita, Mexico at the The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort. Appleton cutely captioned the post “Joyride” to fans’ delight. Even Gage’s Euphoria co-star Maude Apatow replied with a bunch of smiling heart-eye emojis. Inside Jeff Bezos’ shiny new US$500 million Koru megayacht and Abeona vessel He’s a doting dad of two Before coming out as gay in 2009, Appleton was in a relationship with a woman called Katie Katon, who he still considers one of his best friends. The pair have two children together, Kitty Blu, 18, and Billy, 19, who they have co-parented over the years. His daughter Kitty is a budding make-up artist who recently moved from the UK to Los Angeles to stay with him while she gains experience. If there’s anyone who knows how to make that happen, it’s certainly her famous dad. Want more stories like this? Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .